Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are an instrumentally vital part of the perioperative team, who are responsible for delivering safe, high quality care to surgical patients during anaesthesia, surgery and post anaesthesia (recovery).
This ODP course will teach you both the theory and practical skills you´ll require to assess patients´ needs and learn how to provide the appropriate care. You´ll have plenty of opportunities to put that learning into practice on challenging work placements that make up approximately 50% of your time on the course.
96% of our final year students are satisifed with the quality of the course, so why not visit us yourself to find out more about it. What´s more, 100% of our graduates are working within six months of completing course.
The entry requirements for this course are 96 tariff points from 3 AlLevels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma of MMM. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 (with minimum 6.5 in each of the 4 components of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.
For Operating Department Practice, we are looking for applicants who:
Have an interest in the compassionate care of surgical patients to improve their lives as well as the motivation and commitment to undertake the course
Show respect and give dignity to people recognising that everyone counts
Have undertaken care experience, preferably within an operating department
Have an awareness of the technical as well as caring aspects of the profession
Fundamental Communication Skills: In this unit you’ll learn to develop communications skills and explore group process in both professional and partnership settings.
Foundations in Anaesthetic Care: You’ll discover how to care for the patient before, during and after anaesthesia, understand the role of the anaesthetic assistant.
Foundations in Surgical Care: You’ll discover the basics of circulating and scrubbing for surgical cases as well as gloving & gowning, surgical instrumentation and patient positioning.
Foundations in Postanaesthetic Care: You’ll learn the role of the postanaesthetic practitioner, airway management, equipment and preparation, pain assessment and management, and pharmacology.
Foundations in Perioperative Practice: You will be taught a range of subjects to prepare for clinical practice. You’ll enjoy a variety of clinical experiences; facilitated, supported and assessed by registered practitioners.
Exploring Evidence to Guide Professional Practice: During this unit aims you’ll be required to demonstrate an understanding of how different forms of evidence can effectively guide practice.
Care in Anaesthesia: This module will teach you pathophysiology, invasive monitoring, pharmacology, physiological interpretation and advanced pain management. Clinical skills include a refresh of anaesthetic machine & monitoring preparation, invasive monitoring and specialist airway management.
Care in Surgery: In this unit you’ll explore the practice of intra-operative care and gain insight and understanding of your individual responsibility in the co-ordination of safe and competent care.
Care in Postanaesthesia: Here you’ll explore the continuing care of the postanaesthesia patient and gain insight and understanding of the autonomous role of the post anaesthesia practitioner. Clinical skills will include recognising the deteriorating patient.
Developing Perioperative Practice: You´re taught a range of subjects, including understanding of human factors, service improvement, humanisation, safety to enable you to work in groups on a real perioperative project that may have impact on practice.
An ODP qualification is therefore incredibly versatile and can lead you into a wide range of careers and healthcare environments, including:
First assistant to the surgeon
Accident and emergency
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